Intern - Eurasia Division

In your application, please include a copy of your resume along with a cover letter that outlines your background and explains why you are interested in this internship opportunity.

Job Summary:

Every employee of IRI is responsible for carrying out the Mission of IRI and demonstrating the Core Values in their day to day operations. The Core Values, which are IRI’s foundational building blocks include:

Excellence- We believe in quality results delivered by investing in people. Freedom- We believe in exploration and experimentation to be agile and responsive. Respect- We believe in trust, empathy and empowering people. Teamwork- We believe in diversity, inclusion and the power of global collaboration. Transparency- We believe in open communication and clear decision-making. Accountability- We believe in personal responsibility as the foundation of success.

IRI is creating student and employee partnerships that facilitate growth and development of IRI’s future leadership. The intern will support the work of IRI’s Eurasia division.

This position will start on May 20, 2024, for no more than fifteen (15) weeks and may not be extended. This is a paid position, at $17.50 per hour. Intern working hours will be minimum 30 hours per week.

This is a hybrid role based in Washington, DC. IRI’s Eurasia Division will only be accepting applications from in-person candidates for the Summer 2024 internship session.

Position Requirements:

Current student in or recent graduate of an undergraduate or graduate program in Political Science, International Affairs,
Excellent verbal and written skills in English
Preferred candidates will have knowledge of and interest in Eurasia
Familiarity with Microsoft Office
Detail-oriented individual with strong organizational skills and experience managing work prioritization from multiple teams
Curiosity and proactive interest in IRI’s work and in contributing to various tasks regarding international development, Eurasian affairs, and emerging democratic movements
Ability to manage time effectively, complete tasks with minimal oversight, and communicate clearly and consistently in a virtual work environment.

Assist researching a variety of topics for briefing papers, program proposals, and reports
Support key record keeping functions of the division, including taking minutes as staff meetings, cleaning databases (contact lists, program inventory, etc.)
Monitors domestic and international media outlets daily for news on topics assigned
Assist in preparing reports and presentations
Assist staff with program administration and events, including interview coding, translating reports and other documents, logistics and other tasks as needed
Conduct background desk research to support the development of IRI programs and activities by identifying industry best practices, effective programming models, and other implementers’ activities.
Attend relevant meetings and seminars on Eurasian affairs (in virtual or in-person format, location permitting) and prepare written notes for Eurasia team members when requested
Performs other duties as assigned. Duties may include merging file management systems between DC program staff and field staff, prepare presentations for internal meetings, contribute to the development and processing of public opinion research projects, etc.
Assist staff with program administration and events, including interview coding, translating reports and other documents, logistics and other tasks as needed
Learning Outcomes:

Acquire knowledge of the democracy and governance field of international development in including aspects related to program management, monitoring and evaluation, program and business development, and external affairs.
Experience in key project administration skills employers look for in entry level candidates.
Develop greater knowledge of the cultures and political systems of Eurasia and the role of voters, political parties, civil society, and international organizations in democratic systems.